Boxing clever

More than 20 years have passed since Dean Sugden, himself a former World Champion kickboxer, first opened the doors of Suggy’s Gym in Newark.

And for almost 10 of those years, June – aka the oldest deadlifter in town – has been there in the red and black room of pain three times a week for her personal training sessions with none other than The Boss himself!

Although she’s never walked out into the ring herself, other than to present trophies at a few fight nights, there are plenty who have – kickboxers and boxers, professional and amateur, all flying the flag for Newark both at home and abroad.

Now she can’t wait to get her own back on Dean for all that suffering when they go head to head in the studio in the second hour of this weekend’s Girls Around Town, talking about those two decades of fitness and fighting on Castlegate, how he and his team have adapted things over there during and after lockdowns…

And how it’s not just about professional fighters although, as you’ll hear, he manages and coaches a fair few of them!

If you think boxing, kickboxing, weight training and working out are just for boys and blokes, think again – there are plenty of lasses and ladies giving it their all during the different training sessions and a few female rising stars on the fighting front too, not least among them the second guest joining in the chat, young boxer Megan Williams.

Make sure you’re tuned in to 107.8FM or listening on the apps, on Alexa or online from just after 11am – gym gear and/or boxing gloves are optional of course, just Put On Your Sunday Best to hear what Dean and Megan have to say about what’s on the cards for them and everyone else in the coming weeks and months.

And don’t forget that this Sunday also sees the welcome return of the Newark Dragon Boat Festival

Among the Radio Newark team joining in the fun down there at Riverside Park will be Chris Bevans, who’ll be on the phone to the studio from just after 10.20am to share a quick bird’s eye view of how things are going as it all starts to kick off.

Photo by Rick Wilks, Primal Pixels Photography

Putting wellness at the top of the list this weekend

Looking for a few new ways to boost your physical or mental wellbeing?

Then you need to Put On Your Sunday Best as usual to hear what guest Johanna Thompson has to say when she joins June in the first hour of this week’s Girls Around Town.

Another familiar voice on the show, Johanna will be back from just after 10.20am with details of the Wellness Network‘s latest event taking place over in Lincoln on Sunday 26 September

On the phone this time though, as she has a pressing engagement at 11am running one of the group’s regular online meetings!

Featuring hand-picked speakers, experts in exercise and nutrition, taster treatments, some of the latest vegan products for inside and out and ways to help and enhance your mind, the Lincoln Health & Wellness Show is being held at The Bentley Hotel & Spa in South Hykeham, which local listeners will know is just a quick drive up the A46 from Newark.

Take that trip towards the end of the month and, among the presentations on the programme, you’ll finds topics as diverse as where to start with a plant-based diet, how being selfish is the most selfless thing you can do, using reflexology to support menstrual and reproductive health…

And even one intriguingly titled A slouchy sweater and a little bit of pixie dust!!

Tickets are on sale now via the Wellness Network’s website, priced just £3.50 each if you book online by 4pm on Saturday 25 September or £5 if you’re paying cash on the day.

What’s more, the event will be supporting The Lincoln Foodbank, with 50p from each ticket sold, together with all the proceeds from a raffle on the day which Johanna says will be featuring some amazing prizes, going to this invaluable local charity.

If this sounds like something you and your friends would benefit from and enjoy, make sure you’re listening on 107.8FM, on the apps, on Alexa or online from 10am this weekend to find out more…

And stay tuned right through to 12 noon for plenty of other local news and great music with June throughout the rest of the show!

Return of the dragons!

All kinds of exciting – and unusual! – events in and around Newark recently…

And on Girls Around Town this week, there’ll be news of yet another one set to make its return on Sunday 19 September!

Joining June in the studio in the second hour of the show, Beaumond House Hospice head of fundraising Cathy Lowe will have all the latest information about the Dragon Boat Festival coming to the River Trent alongside Riverside Park.

Originally scheduled to take place in the summer of 2020, the event was of course postponed due to Covid-19 but Cathy and Rachel Wilson of the Children’s Bereavement Centre have been busy since early spring making sure it will be back bigger and better than ever this autumn.

“We’re determined to build on the success of the Dragon Boat Festival held here in 2019,” says Cathy. “That one raised vital funds for both charities and brought together people from our communities in a fantastic fun-filled day – we can’t wait to do it all again!”

Cathy will be live on air from just after 11.10am on Sunday to talk about some of the teams taking to the water in their dragon boats and the different prizes on offer, not just for the finalists but for the best-dressed team and the one raising the most money for the two charities.

She’ll have details too of what’s in store for visitors making their way down to Riverside Park on the day, when some of the Radio Newark team will be taking to the stage – although not to the water! – to entertain one and all between 10am and 5.30pm.

So a couple of important dates to remember…

Make sure you tune in to 107.8FM or listen online this weekend to hear what Cathy has to stay – and don’t forget to put Sunday 19 September in your diary to enjoy an action-packed day in support of two of Newark’s best-loved charities!